Make Up Forever Step 1 • Mattifying Primer

  Happy Friday everyone! I hope you’re all having a great start to your Memorial Day weekend! I was trolling through my newsfeed and saw a review by Always,Bree for the CoverFX Matiffying primer which is a primer I was interested in, and at the end she asked if anyone tried the Make Up Forever Step 1 before. It reminded me that I had this review that I’ve been meaning to post for some time and what better time than now? So thank you for the reminder Bree!

Let’s get into the review shall we? 

Pictured here is the Make Up Forever Step 1 Mattifying Primer. This product has been extremely hyped up by beauty bloggers and bloggers everywhere. I have extremely oily skin, so I was looking forward to this becoming my new holy grail!

The product comes in a beautiful matte black squeeze tube with a precision point tip. The amount of product you receive is the standard 1 fl oz. I purchased mine from Sephora for $36.

Sephora’s website states that it “assists with balancing the skin’s texture and tone for smoother, more even, and longer-lasting makeup wear. Mattifying primer reduces shine.”

The smell of this primer was subtle and pleasant, it had a slight citrus scent in my opinion. The texture was thicker, but not as thick as the Rimmel Stay Matte or as fluid as the Hourglass Mineral Veil. It was a happy medium. I do feel this primer helped to fill in my larger pores. 

I have no other positives to say about this primer. It gave my face a strange texture and prevented my foundation from looking smooth over top. 

I did two tests to see if it was my mind playing tricks on me or if this raved about primer was really just a dud. Test 1: I layered this on top of my Rimmel Stay Matte to see if it worked better with another product. Result: NO NO NO, CAKE CITY. Just no. Test 2: I used Rimmel Stay Matte on one half of my face and the MUFE Mattifying Primer on the other. Result: I did not notice any difference in the longevity of my foundation. I still needed to blot around 3-4 hours. Honestly my Rimmel side held up better! The fact that my drugstore $6 primer held up better than this $36 high-end one, you better believe this was returned to Sephora. Sorry to those that love this product but it wasn’t for me and did not do anything phenomenal for my skin.

Have you tried the MUFE Step 1 primer line? If so, what were your thoughts? What are you holy grail foundation primers?

Thanks for reading!

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11 thoughts on “Make Up Forever Step 1 • Mattifying Primer

  1. Thank you so much! I checked out your most recent and love the tips you gave! It made me question myself to see if I do any of those bad habits! Thank you for reading, dear! XO


  2. That’s nuts that the Rimmel outperformed the MUFE!
    I don’t always wear primers but I do like the one I’m testing from CoverFX, it’s a very silicone-y texture. I’ll do a review on it soon! Is the Rimmel one silicone-y?

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    • The Rimmel one is more of a thicker cream-like texture. It doesn’t have silicone in it at all. I’m not a huge fan of silicone because I feel that it makes my makeup slip right off my face! But I do look forward to reading your review soon! 😀

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    • You’re very welcome! I’m so glad you did the Cover Fx Mattifying review too so now I don’t have to waste the time lol. Ps – I got a sample of the custom cover drops. How are you liking them and what are you mixing them with?

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      • Oh cool I’m excited to hear your thoughts! Honestly I’ve tried them with moisturizer, primer, and foundation and I STILL don’t know if I like this stuff. I don’t find them to work well with anything but another foundation or CC cream. I really want to give them a good go so I’m trying them with everything!

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      • I tried them one day so far. I put half Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer and on the other half I used the drops mixed with my gel-based moisturizer from Philosophy. I didn’t set my face with a spray to see how it worked. I had to blot a few times but seriously my skin looked very natural and great! I’m a big fan so far. I did the half and half because I was debating between the drops and LM, but I think I prefer to drops! Today I’ll try them with the Clinique Dramatically Different Gel Moisturizer to see how it works 🙂

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    • You’re very welcome! Always keep it 100% honest 🙂 I’m very picky as well and I feel like I’m forever on the hunt for that PERFECT primer. Idk if it exists lol.


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